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Smoking Turkey - Step by Step


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Preparing the Turkey - Smoking Turkey
Preparing Turkey - Smoking Turkey

Preparing Turkey - Smoking Turkey

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Prepare the turkey by removing the neck and giblets from the inside. If the turkey is brined,(see brining turkey, make sure to rinse it off thoroughly. If not, rinse the turkey anyway to make sure it is good and clean. Inspect the bird for both freshness and loose pieces that need to be trimmed.

The wings of the turkey tend to dangle on the sides. To prevent them from overcooking and drying out, pin them to the body of the bird with a toothpick. It is also a good idea to take the skin from the neck, fold it and pin it down with another toothpick. A tightly packed bird is a good idea but there isn't much need to worry about the other parts.

I really do not recommend stuffing your turkey for smoking. This increases the cooking time (about 5 minutes a pound) and puts a lot of food in contact with potential bacteria. For smoking, it is best that your turkey is able to cook from the inside as well as the out.

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